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Ten Skins Stats to Impress Your Friends

Regular readers know I kneel at the stat-laden altar of Football Outsiders, especially when it comes to their Almanac.* In a previous post, upon skimming a soft copy of this year’s model, I shared their thoughts on Jason Campbell and Colt Brennan. But now that I’ve perused the hard copy (warning: for serious NFL fans only), here are 10 Redskins-related things I learned — or at least had reinforced — from reading:


1. Chris Samuels’ health is really important. He missed four games last year, and the offense posted its three worst offensive games therein.

2. Carlos Rogers does NOT lead the NFL in dropped interceptions over the past two years. He only has five drops, while four others have dropped six or more. Of course, he did miss nine games in ’07 …

3. DeAngelo Hall’s improvement may be a fiction. Among the QBs he faced while struggling for Oakland: Jay Cutler, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan. Among the QBs he faced while shining for Washington: Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Shaun Hill.

4. The offense should line up in the shotgun more often. Campbell posted a 35.6 percent DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) in 155 attempts vs. a 9.1 percent in all others. This is a drastic difference.

5. Teams should stop zone blitzing the Skins. They faced more zone blitz than anyone but shredded it for an NFC-best 89.1 percent DVOA.

6. The wideouts were awful. Exhibit A: Santana Moss dropped 12 passes. Exhibit B: Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas and Fred Davis’ catch rate was 42 percent. Exhibit C: Chris Cooley was double-teamed on nearly every play.

7. The special teams were awful. The unit ranked 25th overall. Select lowlights: Shaun Suisham ranked 24th on kickoffs, Ryan Plackemeier ranked 31st on punts, and Antwaan Randle El ranked 40th on punt returns.

8. The defense was awesome. They didn’t create many turnovers, but they did force three-and-outs an NFL-best 32.7 percent of the time.

9. Forget Mike Sellers and Ladell Betts near the goal line. Clinton Portis’ paperwork includes a red zone DVOA of 28.9 percent last year.

10. Albert Haynesworth will get to that quarterback. Despite facing constant double teams, Haynesworth ranked sixth in quarterback hits.

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D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Downtown Dave

    August 26, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Chris Samuels IS NOT important. I have done research in the past two seasons to show that Samuels has lead our team in Sacks Allowed and Holding/False Starts. Since the NFL nor any other book, website, etc. keeps any offensive lineman stats, I was forced to keep them on my own.

    Chris Samuels is the MOST overrated Redskin. Each year he makes the Pro-Bowl when he leads our team in sacks allowed. Because the guys who vote on the Pro-Bowl say…”This guy was a #2 Draft Pick, from Alabama, and he only allowed 1 sack in his career in college, Hes a ProBowler” He is a big “Athletic” LT so everyone ASSUMES he is a Pro Bowler. Nope sorry.

    The 3 worst offensive redskins games was not attributed to Samuels not being on the field. It was attributed to a Crappy offense.

    When Jason Campbell went down with the Injury vs. Chicago Bears…It was # 60’s missed block that cost him the season. Also, when Jansen went down for the year (This was the same season)when Zach Thomas rolled on the back of his leg….Samuels missed the pick up. Check it out. But oh wait there is NO STATS FOR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN.

    No Penalties, No Sacks Allowed, No Pancakes, No TD Blocks. Nothing.

    Year in and Year Out Chris Samuels is the most overrated piece of shit in the Burgundy and Gold.

  2. Jamie Mottram

    August 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Football Outsider does offer some O-line stats. For example, the Skins averaged 5.04 yards per carry when running off left tackle last season, good for 4th-best in the NFL.

    The Skins also have zero depth at LT. If Samuels goes down, who replaces him? Heyer? And who replaces Heyer at RT? Bridges?

    Losing Samuels triggers a domino effect that more or less buries the Skins offense. So, yeah, he’s important.

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